Archbishop of Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad (LELCA) Arnolds Lūsis (1908–1993) was born in December 30, 1908 in the civil parish of Jaunpiebalga. Upon graduation from the UL Faculty of Theology in 1934, he was a pastor of the youth organization Mazpulki and at Aizkraukle parish until 1944. From 1949, A. Lūsis had served as a pastor at St John’s Latvian parish in Toronto until his election as LELCA Archbishop in 1966.

Arnolds Lūsis instituted the current procedural principles and structure of the church and established “Rītdienas fonds” (The Foundation for Tomorrow), which continues to fulfill its task: to provide material support to the work of spiritual care in LELCA congregations. After the Archbishop had passed away in January 4, 1993, a foundation named after Archbishop Arnolds Lūsis was established. Jointly with the Foundation for Tomorrow, it is intended for promotion of theological education.

A. Lūsis has written numerous books and is a renowned poet and author of song texts.


In 2014, the memorial scholarship of Arnolds Lūsis was established to pay tribute to the Archbishop’s unique personality, talent and dedication to the Church and Latvia.  The scholarship is intended for studies at UL Faculty of Theology giving preference to the candidates who wish to devote their lives to service in Latvian Lutheran parishes.

The scholarship of Archbishop Arnolds Lūsis Foundation in the amount of EUR 1 500 in the academic year 2014/2015 was granted to Amanda Kvelde.

We greatly appreciate the generous support to education and development!